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This film begins with the story of a young Italian-American couple whose baby is stillborn due to syphilis. It also tells the story of a young man who contracts the illness from a brothel. The film explains the effects of syphilis, emphasizes the…

This poster shows an image of a scientist in a lab and a microscopic view of syphilis microbes. It also explains the long-term effects of the illness and the effectiveness of early treatment.

"Syphilis may affect any part of the body, including…

This poster features an image of a serviceman at the grave of a comrade to promote social hygiene.

This pictorial statistic conveys that only a small percentage of children born to syphilitic mothers will be healthy if the mother does receive treatment during the pregnancy. It uses images of babies to represent the statistics. It is a graphic…

"What the average person should know about a very dangerous and prevalent disease"

This pamphlet includes short entires about syphilis in alphabetical order. It was included in National Social Hygiene Day Program Kits.

"Five out of six babies of untreated syphilitic mothers are born dead or diseased."

"In Prostitution : In Marriage"

This infographic shows how syphilis is spread in prostitution and marriage. These graphics are based on case records from the NY State Department of Health. The image is from a reprint of the July 1936 article…

"Wreck Lives, Waste Manpower, Destroy Homes, Cause Death"

This poster warns about the serious effects of VD.

"About SYPHILIS..We know : 1. The Cause (Spirochetes) 2. How it is Spread 3. And How it May Be Cured"

Detail from an educational pamphlet by the USPHS on syphilis. This graphic summarizes the information included in the pamphlet about the cause,…

This pictorial statistic shows the results of syphilis treatment during pregnancy. It is from a reprint of the July 1936 article "Stamp Out Syphilis!" in Survey Graphic.
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